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Paul and Hagar—What’s that all About?

Hagar and Ishmael

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Before returning to the Old Testament, perhaps we should consider a few more questions concerning the slavery issue. Does Paul’s remarks about Hagar in Galatians 4:30 really show he approves of the mistreatment of slaves – “Cast out the bondwoman” – as some critics are quick to claim? Does God really command, as a few assume, that his people exclude the children of slaves when considering the distribution of one’s goods? [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel?

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A number of Biblical critics believe that child sacrifice was both practiced in ancient Israel, and such a thing was not only approved but even commanded by God. While it may be true that child sacrifice was practiced at times in ancient Israel, it can be shown that it was never given God’s approval. On the contrary, God abhorred such activity.[1] Richard Dawkins is one who believes such things were committed in ancient Israel and even commanded by the God of the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Philosophical Reflections on the Binding of Isaac

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume Genesis 22:2, “Take, now, your son…” is an absolute command by God, and Abraham must do as he is told. Is the ‘command’ of God immoral?[1] Certainly the new atheists of our day believe God is making an immoral request, as understood from Dr. Richard Dawkins’ question concerning the event, “But what kind of morals could one derive from this appalling story?”[2] The question then becomes, is the taking of innocent life always wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Figuring Out God’s Will

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In a previous blog-post I suggested that God, through Abraham, showed he did not desire human sacrifice—i.e. men should not seek his favor by taking the life of the innocent. Human sacrifice was part of the cultural point of view in Abraham’s day. It was practiced for the “good” of the many. If the idea didn’t come from God, as God implies in his command to Abraham, “Don’t harm the lad!” (Genesis 22:12), then the idea that God’s favor could be gained by sacrificing the innocent must have come from man’s own imagination. This has been man’s attitude ever since Eden. We’ve always tried to decide on our own what was right and what was wrong. Morality has always been what we understood it to be, not what God says it is (cf. Genesis 3:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Context of the Binding of Isaac

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If the binding of Isaac cannot be considered child abuse, as I’ve discussed in a previous blog,[1] how should we understand it?[2] Speaking of the binding of Isaac, Richard Dawkins had something to say and also asks how the story should be understood, if it was not meant to be literal fact (but I believe it was indeed meant to be a literal and factual story). Notice: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Unnamed Servant and the Bride

At first I didn’t want to admit the calling of the bride for Isaac was a type of calling out the Bride of Christ, the Church, from the world. I thought it might be a bit too spiritually minded, perhaps a little too religious to be practical, especially as the analogy applies to the Holy Spirit, but I am unable to deny the symbolism I see here in Genesis 24. All types, if carried too far, will fail, but this does not negate the fact that the type is real. For example, all animal sacrifices point to the sacrifice of Christ, yet none of the animal sacrifices or all of them considered together could take away anyone’s sinfulness, as the sacrifice of Christ has done. Therefore, the type is real even if it is not equal in every way. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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